BRISTOL – Forestville American Legion Post 209 has been delivering thousands of books to local convalescent homes for the past year.
"We are collecting various hardcover and soft cover books and, instead of them being thrown away, we are bringing them to convalescent homes throughout Bristol," said Brian Avery, commander of American Legion Post 209. "We delivered thousands over the past year. We delivered nine boxes yesterday and two weeks ago we delivered another six boxes."
Avery said that books have been brought to Ingraham Manor, Sheriden Woods and Village Green of Bristol.
"Americanism is one of the four pillars for the American Legion," said Avery. "It's something that American Legion Post 209 tries to do on a daily basis. We want to give back to the community and let all veterans and the elderly know that we care about them, they are not forgotten and that we appreciate them. There are a lot of folks in these facilities that don't get a lot of visitors throughout the year. Even if they don't know who we are, it's good for them to get a gift from someone."
Avery said that the books are placed in common areas where residents are able to play games like chess or checkers or browse shelves of books.
"We chose to get them books because they can be enjoyed by many people," he said. "One person will read any given book and then another 20 or 30 people will pick it up. It is a small project that has touched so many hearts. It makes going the extra mile worthwhile each and every time."
Avery thanked post members Bruce Barton and Robert Getz for assisting in these efforts.
"To everyone involved with this program, you make me proud," he said.
Forestville American Legion Post 209 meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 355 Camp St.
For more information, visit Americanlegionpost209.com or facebook.com/ALpost209 or call 860-384-5626.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.